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February 19, 2010 2:26 pm ET

Gov. Pawlenty Spreads Debunked 'Teleprompter in a Classroom' Tale

During his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty repeated the debunked online rumor that President Obama used a teleprompter while speaking to children in a classroom. evaluated the claim and concluded, "he did not use a teleprompter."

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January 21, 2010 10:15 am ET

Rep. Bachmann Lies, Claims Health Care Will Kill Jobs

During a January 20, 2010 floor speech, Rep. Michele Bachmann falsely claimed President Obama's economic adviser Christina Romer stated that health care reform would kill 5.5 million American jobs. In reality, Romer never said such a thing.  Data shows health care reform would create 400,000 jobs AND reduce the deficit.

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October 22, 2009 12:44 pm ET

Rep. Bachmann Repeats Falsehoods About The Employee Free Choice Act

On October 22, 2009, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) wrote a blog post at cheering the hold on National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) nominee Craig Becker.  In the post, Bachmann falsely claims that the Employee Free Choice Act would eliminate the secret-ballot option and lead to more worker intimidation.

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September 24, 2009 6:13 pm ET

Rep. Bachmann Repeats Bogus ACORN Claim Already Debunked by PolitiFact

While speaking on the floor of the House on September 24, 2009, Rep. Michele Bachmann claimed President Obama has "made available" $8.5 billion to ACORN.  That is simply not true.  In May, reviewed this exact claim from Rep. Bachmann and found it to be "FALSE."

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September 23, 2009 6:40 pm ET

Rep. Bachmann Still Won't Let Go Of Bogus EPA "Scandal"

In a post on The Hill's "Congress Blog," Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) repeated the myth that "the EPA suppressed an internal memo that raised questions about global warming." In reality, the so-called "report" was written by a career economist -- not a scientist -- and Bachmann's claim was debunked months ago.

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July 28, 2009 12:00 pm ET

The GOP "Health Care Rapid Response Team" Rakes In Money From Health Care Special Interests

Each morning, the House Republican Conference provides the press with the roster of its "Health Care Rapid Response Team," which lists House Republicans who "are available to talk about health care this week." However, a quick glance at who's filling their campaign coffers raises the question: just whose interests do these members have at heart?

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July 28, 2009 9:58 am ET

Rep. Bachmann Falsely Claims Health Care Bill Will "Cover Illegal Immigrants"

On July 28, 2009, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) wrote a blog post on titled "Health Care Bill to Cover Illegal Immigrants." After suggesting that members of Congressional Hispanic Caucus don't want language in the bill excluding undocumented immigrants, Bachmann concluded, "It's clear that a bill that is silent on eligibility means a bill that includes illegal immigrants." However, the House bill clearly states: "No Federal Payment for Undocumented Aliens."

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July 22, 2009 12:58 pm ET

Rep. Bachmann Repeats "Overblown" Cost Estimate For TARP

On July 22, 2009, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) wrote a blog post at titled "TARP Costs May Reach $23.7 Trillion." However, the source of the figure says that the estimate is unrealistic.

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July 09, 2009 3:30 pm ET

Rep. Kline Repeats False Claims About The Republicans' Stimulus Plan

In a column at America's Right, Rep. John Kline (R-MN) repeated the previously debunked claim that the Republicans' stimulus proposal would have created "twice the jobs for half the price."

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June 18, 2009 3:42 pm ET

Rep. Kline: Bad For American Workers

On June 17, 2009, Rep. John Kline (R-MN) was named the new ranking member on the House Education and Labor Committee. However, a quick review of his record reveals that Rep. Kline is more concerned about big business than protecting the rights of American workers.

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June 04, 2009 12:10 pm ET

Rep. Bachmann Used Debunked Spanish Study To Attack Green Jobs

On June 4, 2009, Rep. Michele Bachmann posted a blog on Redstate in which she turned to a discredited Spanish study in an attempt to attack the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

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June 03, 2009 12:03 pm ET

Rep. Bachmann: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

On June 3, 2009, Rep. Michele Bachmann wrote a blog post on Townhall in which she criticized Congressional Democrats for including "non-troop items" in a war funding bill.  Rep. Bachmann must have a short memory because in 2007, she voted for a Bush war funding bill that included $17 billion in the "non-troop items" she now loathes.

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June 02, 2009 5:15 pm ET

A Quick Refresher On Gov. Tim Pawlenty

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's announcement that he won't run for a third term has turned a lot of heads.  In order to help quench this newfound thirst for information on Gov. Pawlenty, Media Matters Action Network has compiled a quick overview of his record as Governor.

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May 27, 2009 6:54 pm ET

Bachmann vs. Context: Judge Sotomayor

On May 27, 2009, in a blog post at, Michele Bachmann smeared Judge Sonia Sotomayor by taking her comments completely out of context.

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May 20, 2009 5:31 pm ET

Rep. Bachmann falsely Implies ACORN Had Been Indicted For Voter Fraud

On May 20, 2009, Rep. Michele Bachmann wrote a blog post misleadingly implying that ACORN had been indicted for voter fraud and that Rep. Barney Frank had "gutted" a reasonable amendment she offered to a bill. It's not surprising, coming from Rep. Bachmann, that both of these statements are misleading.

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May 11, 2009 6:35 pm ET

Rep. Bachmann: Jumping At Socialized Shadows

In a May 11, 2009 blog post on, Rep. Michelle Bachmann claimed that Democrats are on a "march towards socialized medicine." But as Media Matters Action Network noted earlier today, the Republican Party is jumping at shadows.

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May 08, 2009 10:35 am ET

Rep. Paulson vs. Reality: Small Businesses

On May 7, 2009, Rep. Erik Paulson wrote a blog post on the GOP's blog site saying that "Congress seeks to raise their taxes during these difficult economic times."  That statement is simply not true.

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April 22, 2009 2:27 pm ET

Rep. Bachmann vs. Reality: Climate Revenue

Michelle Bachmann hasn't done her homework.  On April 22, 2009, she claimed, "it's anybody's guess as to how the cap-and-trade revenues would end up getting spent." However, one doesn't have to guess; the Politico reported, "Most of the revenues would go into the 'making work pay' tax credit."

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April 16, 2009 11:23 am ET

Rep. Michele Bachmann: Putting The Cart Before The Horse

On Townhall's Bachmann Blog, Representative Michele Bachmann posted several excerpts from an article in The Hill containing the opinions of a few economists that think President Obama will raise taxes in the coming years.

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